Golden moments in pool, on court

THREE more golds on day two keep Guernsey in fifth spot in the medals table, but the silver and bronzes flowed our way on day two in the sister isle.

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A tricky moment for mountain bike rider Geoff Gibson, one of many who had difficulties on a demanding course on a very hot day. But there was medal success for Guernsey in this and other events.(Picture by Steve Sarre)

Jersey, incredibly, already have nearly half the total number of golds of every other island, but the Sarnians are collecting minor medals at a healthy rate and only the hosts and Isle of Man have made more podiums to date.

The headline makers were undoubtedly the tennis duo of Ella Taylor and Jo Dyer who, much to her dad’s delight, again played the able foil to the brilliant island newcomer in defeating the hosts in the gold medal match at Caesarean Tennis Club.

Jo’s father, the former Muratti captain Chris, has a tangible dislike for all things Jersey, so it was with huge pride and delight that he was on hand on ‘enemy’ territory to see his pride and joy turn over the home side and claim the big prize.

It was a gold wholly unexpected before leaving home, but the same cannot be said about swimmer Tom Hollingsworth, who brought home the golden bacon in the 50m backstroke.

Coach Alison Frankland said of her versatile star: ‘He could not do any breaststroke in Bermuda because of injury and, yes, that probably made him a bit more determined this time.

‘He has worked really hard and is good technically in all four strokes.’

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